Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Winter 2010 Contents Perth and a helicopter waiting -- they ll be there
with you in two hours ."
After his debut appearance on national television
(just the first of what would become many), Jon
received countless phone calls and found himself
counselling people about weight loss.
This reinforced to him the notion that he not
only had something to say but that there were
people keen to listen. But after many months of
been continuously told that the book resonates
with people who ve tried for years to lose weight
and just can t, or can t keep it off," he explains.
"They get to believing they re weak or lazy
and it s none of those things. What s really
happening is when you force yourself to lose
weight your body says: Hey, hold on a second,
we need to hold on to weight because there s
obviously a famine out there, so you re not
working with your body s core principles.
"What the book does is teach you how to
work with -- not against -- your body s natural
programming and that s what makes sense to
so many people and why the method and book
have been so successful."
But The Gabriel Method is more than a book
now and has taken on a life of its own. "A while back
some people organised a Gabriel Method retreat -- I
didn t know about it and I wasn t even invited," he
says jokingly, feigning disappointment.
On the side of business
growth, Jon has taken full
advantage of technology and
the far-reaching capabilities of
the internet. He has a series of
almost a dozen weight-loss CDs
(with sales exceeding 300,000),
a website (recording thousands
of hits a day) and a studio set
up next door to his office where
he records and broadcasts
webinars, online videos,
cooking shows and his own
regular radio show.
He also conducts public
seminars around Australia and does a weekly
show on the US radio station CBS via telephone.
Amazingly, he does all this -- and more -- from a
small country town in WA.
"The internet has made so many things possible.
I love how you can touch the world from this
beautiful creative hub," Jon grins contentedly.
"There s something about the energy in Denmark
-- it s a very creative place."
Energy and creativity are undoubtedly major
factors in achieving what he manages to fit into
the average day. There s a Gabriel Method For
Kids program in development, discussions taking
place about an American television series and an
institute (in Denmark) for parents and overweight
children in the pipeline.
There s also another book underway.
And, as this is a man who knows the value
of taking control of his life, Jon is planning again
to self-publish. sm
seminars around Aus
sending out book proposals to literary
agents and publishers, all he got back
were rejection letters.
However, not one to be defeated,
Jon reduced the manuscript to readable
size and self-published it in 2007.
As sales and interest in the book grew he found
himself in every author s dream position when a
bidding war for publishing rights broke out and
international heavyweight (pardon the pun)
Simon & Schuster came out winner (as did Jon).
Now named The Gabriel Method, the book has
sales in the hundreds of thousands and has been
published in 11 languages including Japanese,
German, Spanish, Bulgarian and Chinese.
The book made it to number 23 on China s
bestseller list when first released there, and after its
US release last year was ranked number one on
Amazon.com (in the weight-loss category) and
number 11 over all categories.
While the book s diet-free way to lose weight
tag line has undoubtedly helped sales, Jon says its
true success is how it deals with the real issues of
weight and why dieting doesn t work. You could say
it s more an anti-diet book than a diet book. "I ve
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